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  1. Hi All, On a recently-acquired 2001 Outback Wagon, I got into the various buttons, the HVAC control and instrument cluster to replace all of the burned out bulbs. So that's all good now and the illumination brightness ring on the turn signal lever works fine. I have good bulbs behind the LCD odometer and clock readouts. But still those displays don't get lit. If I take the bulbs out and shine light through the hole, that light is able to backlight each display just fine. I already got a junkyard illumination control module (mounts behind the stereo on passenger side, part number 83023AE01A) and swapped it in with no change to the problem. In the Factory Service Manual "Wiring System" section for "Combination Meter", it shows that the odometer and clock backlight bulbs are driven by a block labeled "Dimmer Circuit" that gets fed from the same brightness controlled power circuit that drives the other illumination bulbs. Does anyone know why the odometer and clock backlight bulbs are treated "specially" rather than just being driven from the very same brightness-controlled voltage that comes in from the illum controller? I suppose something is burned out in that "Dimmer Circuit" that lives somewhere in the instrument cluster assembly. I'm posting in case someone else has been through this problem and can give me further info. Thanks! Bry
  2. Went to my dealer today and got my airbag recall work done. However, by the time I got home (I live 30 miles from the closest dealership), I realized that my clock/distance/temp/mpg display was not powered and not working. I called the dealership and they said it was most likely just a cable that needed plugging into the power and that this could be done without bringing it back in (it will be a while before I could do that any way). Where do I look for this cable? Is it just needing to be plugged into a fuse box or something? I can't find anything on the internet or I just don't know the key words I should be using. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. My dash clock gets dim and sometimes almost compleately gone, i go to rub the screen to "clean it" or very very lightly tap on it and it comes right back on for a couple hours, then starts fading once again, can i fix this? I can get another off of my Donor/Parts vehicle, but wanted to know if its a quick fix or if the whole clock needs to be changed, thanks. EA82 1989 GL Dashboard.
  4. Here is my fix for the clocks - Replace the Zener and resistor with a switchmode power supply. The original resistor has to dissipate almost 1 Watt. In an enclosed space, where the sun can heat it to over 120 F ambient. It runs so hot, it oxidizes the solder. The second part, is adding a diode and capacitor to the always on line that keeps the clock keeping time when the car is off. But any glitch in the power can reset it to 1:00. The capacitor holds some power to keep it alive for a short time. The diode stops the energy from the capacitor from going back into the car electric system if you remove the battery, or use the starter.
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